Legislation that streamlined State Department reporting measures for employees has been signed into law. The legislation came from Representative Young Kim, R-Calif., and was included in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) greenlighted by President Biden as one of his last actions of 2021.
The main provisions of the legislation include ending old and repetitive reporting requirements for State Department employees. And making it easier for foreign service officers to gain added training.
Both provisions are crucial to eliminate overlap for State Department diplomats. With fewer hoops to jump through, resources can be better utilized. Easier access to training, such as on foreign languages, offers employees and diplomats opportunities to better represent the United States in foreign relations.
“Our foreign service officers play an important role in securing American leadership across the globe,” Rep. Kim said, “and we must ensure they can adapt to changing circumstances to effectively pursue America’s international missions.”
2022 is a critical time for America, with numerous foreign situations around the world impacting Americans. To maintain relations with countries such as Taiwan, China, Ukraine, Russia and Iran, the diplomats of the United States have certain education processes. High-level diplomacy, provided by State Department personnel trained to the highest levels, can be crucial for trade deals and peace treaties.
Kim’s legislation in the NDAA is one of her legislative wins she has seen since taking office in early 2021.
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